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A Marriage Sabbatical
by Sabina Shalom
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Los Angeles Times
Shaloms experience is inspiring and proves nothing is impossible.
A beautiful book. A privilege to accompany this remarkable woman on this incredible journey.
Marvelous as a travel book, as a journey of a womans growth, superb.
Chicago Sun Times
The interest and pace is sustained so well we could hardly put it down.
She conveys her observations with engaging sincerity and verve.
This is the true story of Sabina Shalom who exchanged a brilliant single-life career for marriage and motherhood. After thirty years of making a home for her husband and their two sons, she felt frustrated in her role as live-in-maid and asked her husband for time off with pay!
With a back-pack and only fifteen hundred dollars, she traveled fifty thousand miles alone around the world. Stranded in Iran, received by Indira Gandhi in India, she spent the night in a mud hut just a few miles from cannibal country in Papua-New Guinea. Granted an audience with the King of Tonga and trading her clothes for lodgings on Easter Island were some of her experiences that enabled her to rediscover new strengths and potential long since dormant in a marriage grown stale.
But the adjustments the new liberated Sabina and her husband had to make upon her return home six months later (and thirty pounds thinner), proved to be the most difficult part of her "sabbatical." Ultimately their marriage becomes richer and stronger than either could have imagined.
A Marriage Sabbatical is a fascinating and inspirational account of a middle-aged woman's extraordinary, lone, global odyssey in search of herself, told with warmth, candor, and good humor.
About the Author
Born and educated in England, Sabina Shalom was a volunteer social worker with concentration camp survivors in Europe after the war. An assignment to one of Les Maison des Enfants des Déportées in France brought into her care Elie Wiesel, a youngster who later became the illustrious Nobel Laureate.
Under the chairmanship of Lady Lionel de Rothschild, Sabina subsequently directed an operation called Rescue Children, which brought orphaned youngsters to England and placed them in foster homes.Later, as a broadcast-journalist with the BBC London, she wrote and presented an overseas program to enable Holocaust survivors to try to find other living relatives abroad.
After her marriage she moved to the United States where raising her children became her full-time job. As they matured, she turned to writing and her articles have been published on both sides of the Atlantic.Sabina has spoken to various organizations nation-wide and was invited to give a series of lectures abroad three trans-Atlantic voyages of the Q.E.2.
Shalom continues to contribute her time to reading for the Blind and was honored for her work with Hospice. Her thirteen-year tenure with the American Lung Association culminated in the enactment of a law in Florida prohibiting smoking in elevators, supermarkets, and the workplace.This landmark case was later enacted as law nation-wide and in recognition of this community service to health organizations throughout the country Sabina was made an Honorary Life Member of the American Lung Association.
Sabina and her husband, Mark, are naturalized American citizens. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, and have two sons and four grandchildren.
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